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Kobayashi Sets Chicken Wings World Record, Could Eat “Another Hundred”

Submitted by on February 4, 2012 – 7:35 amOne Comment

His first name is Takeru, but the world knows him better simply as Kobayashi. On Friday, the 5’8″, 128lbs competitive eating champion added yet another victory and world record to his already impressive history by downing 337 chicken wings in 20 minutes at Philadelphia’s Wing Bowl 20.

Kobayashi obliterated the former world record of 255, set by three-time consecutive champ Jonathan “Super” Squibb. Kobayashi walked away with $20,000 for his first place finish; Squbb got a new Chevy Camaro as the local winner, setting a new personal best with 271.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the champ was ready for more:

“The truth is that if you brought me another hundred wings right now, I think I could eat them… Not if it was a competition, but if you brought them to me, I’d take my time. But I could fit 100 more in,” he said while patting his distended stomach.

Kobayashi is perhaps best known for his unprecedented six straight victories at the Nathan’s Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, a streak broken only in 2007 when Joey Chestnut brought the title back to the US. Kobayashi has not competed in two years due to contract disputes; but in a simultaneous “unofficial” performance in 2011, he beat the officially recognized record with 69 hot dogs in 12 minutes.

The Wing Bowl began in 1993 as an event for Eagles fans who, year after year, would not be watching their home team in a Super Bowl. The Eagles finally made it to the big game in 2005, only to lose to the New England Patriots; but the Wing Bowl has continued, and now draws thousands of spectators to the Wells Fargo Center every year.

[Source: MSN/Fox Sports]

[Photo: AP Photo/Alex Brandon]

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